UPDATE: Rock-Built In-Line Finishing Systems Introduces 1650 Automated Trimmer

By: Jim Rosenberg

Pittsburgh-based Rock-Built In-Line Finishing Systems has introduced Unitrim 1650 automated trimmer at the annual America East newspaper operations and technology conference and trade show this week. The new model features a touch screen for control as well as changing and saving job settings, speed and relationship to the press, and product-skewing.

Contrary to information supplied by the vendor, the Reading (Pa.) Eagle Co. says it has not committed to the purchase of an automated trimmer. The machine already is in use, however, after testing at the Morning Journal in Lisbon, Ohio, and at several commercial printers. Two automated 1650s recently were shipped to a Venezuelan customer.

Automation of the unit reduces waste and eliminates hours of set-up time, according to President Rock Ferrone.

“We are getting 10 times the knife life,” with test sites yet to replace a knife, said Ferrone, adding that one unit has processed 44 million impressions with the original $120 knife.

“We hit the sweet spot” in configuring the blade, he adds, explaining that it no longer saws through the paper so much as it shears through it.

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